Big Sur

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California, United States
Big Sur - Elephant Seals
Big Sur - Elephant Seals
Big Sur - Lori and Hansi along the Big Sur
Big Sur - Lighthouse before Half Moom Bay
Big Sur - Solvang
Big Sur - Solvang
Big Sur - Solvang

Big Sur Reviews

loripori loripori
272 reviews
Trip to California July 29 to August 17, 2004

Our Odyssey started out in Los Angeles with the V.T get-together in Manhatten Beach. V.T.ers from many parts of the world had a fun-filled weekend, including a cocktail party, volleyball competition and good-bye party and brunch. It was wonderful to see old friends and meet many new ones. In the L.A. area we visited Mexicantown--Olvera Street, Sunset Blvd. and Hollywood Blvd. Travelling north we went Venice Beach, Santa Monica , Malibu and Santa Barbara. Next was the quaint Danish village of Solvang. I absolutely loved this place. Now on to Morro Bay and the Morro Rock known as the Gibraltar of the Pacific. Along the coast we watched in amazement as an elephant seal emerged from the ocean and slowly made its way on to the sand where he could now bask in the sun. We wind our way along the Pacific Coast Highway and the magnificent Big Sur with its breathtaking beauty. Now on to Monterey, Santa Cruz and our weekend destination---San Francisco. Next was Sacramento, Mammoth Lakes, beautiful Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park. Now on to Fresno, Costa Mesa and back to Los Angeles. 1648 miles and 18 glorious days.

Along the Big Sur - California

Big Sur is located along scenic highway 1, 300 miles north of Los Angeles and 150 miles south of San Francisco. It winds along the Pacific coast and is a 90-mile stretch of awesome beauty.


Pacific Coast Highway--Highway 1

Northern Elephant Seals can be seen on the beaches 12 miles north of Cambria, south of the Peidras Blancas Lighthouse. These creatures have huge noses that give these beasts their name. These large mammals may seem slow and docile but can be very dangerous when provoked. Hans and I were thrilled when we got to see a large elephant seal emerging out of the water and then make its way up the sand, so he could lay in the sun with the others.

Address: 12 miles north of Cambria

Directions: Along the Big Sur
Lori and Hansi along the Big Sur
Lighthouse before Half Moom Bay
Cho says:
I took the same scenic highway in September 2011. I remember the nice views along the way. Thanks for sharing.
Posted on: Feb 24, 2017
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Torontoman Torontom…
3 reviews
Big Sur, California May 08, 2011
Arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world. Big Sur is an area on the California Coast between Caramel, and the 89 miles south to The Hearst Castle. A hikers delight with several state parks and spectacular sea views. Accommodation ranging from the luxurious - Ventana Inn, and Post Ranch Inn Hotel, to motels and camping.

If you are at all interested in psychology, personal growth, spiritual growth, movement, or art please look at the web site for Esalen - Home of the beginning of the Human Potential Movement and the third wave of psychotherapy - Humanism. Esalen is a historic educational institute that has been part of the alternative zeitgeist of America since the 1960's . Due to the private, personal, and Zen like vibe of the work at Esalen you can't just drop in. You have to be registered for a course or on a personal retreat. The exception is after about midnight when they let drop ins use the spectacular cliff side natural hot tubs. It was a once in a life time experience and Esalen would be very special even if it wasn't so awesomely beautiful.

Other notable places, Nepenthe restaurant and Gift Store, The Henry Miller Book Store, The McWay Falls, The Bixby Bridge, Deetgen's, and The Old Coast Road.

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McWay Falls
Big Sur Map
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